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Turkey Kill List




Drones are something most us are thankful for. Even Romney and Obama agree they are swell.

Me, not so much. I get the Hiroshima argument that drones save our guys by killing bad guys along with others. But the idea of President Obama keeping a kill list and acting as judge, jury, and executioner gives me the creeps. Especially when his target is an American citizen terrorist like al-Awlaki.

Not that I’m sorry al-Awlaki is toes up, or however his toes are, but I’d have preferred to see him captured, questioned, and indulged with a few of his same constitutional rights as Obama tried to shower on Pakistani 9/11 killer Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Why is the president indignant about water boarding a foreign terrorist, but proud to use the information water boarding produces to help him assassinate an U.S. citizen terrorist?

My favorite atheist right-to-lifer, Nat Hentoff, got me on this jag last week when he wrote this column about Obama and the Rule of Law. Here’s one Nat wrote for the Cato Institute in October about drone assassination . He’s authorized to say “dig this” since he’s also a jazz writer.

Anyway, enjoy your cranberry sauce. Happy Thanksgiving!

Crucifixion

EPA official Al Armendariz washed his hands of his Roman centurion approach to oil and gas executives.

“They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them,” Armendariz continued. “And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law.”

Libya Leadership

Even Eugene Robinson is bewildered by the Libya Mission.

So what the hell are we doing? I realize that President Obama and his advisers have answered this question many times, but I feel it’s necessary to keep asking until the answers begin to make sense.

Ships in the Night

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The UN condemned Israel for it’s raid on the blockade running “Peace Flotilla”, sponsored in part in Turkey.  Netanyahu remained defiant, claiming the craft was not the “Loveboat”.  Krauthammer thinks the blockade is more than justified.  Peter Beinart says it must go. Beinart’s old boss at the New Republic, Marty Peretz, had the bad manners to bring up the Armenian Genocide.